Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Horse Show controversy (continued)

Posted Thursday, September 3, 2015, at 11:22 AM
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    I guess the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration disqualifyees have left the building, and Shelbyville as well. Can't say that I blame them. Doubt they will ever come back! Thing is I don't know anything about the show or the horses, but I believe these are the showers right here in Tenneessee close to of in Bedford county.

    Any one with any sense has to know that Shelbyville will have to replace the money they are going to lose on the Celebration.

    I wonder where all this money will come from?

    -- Posted by sui on Fri, Sep 4, 2015, at 9:58 AM
  • Imagine if they had been approached with a national fiddlers convention, draw a big name country star or would have held Bonnaroo even...Would they turn that revenue down?...Could they handle the policing and the crowds?

    Maybe in the future when it all fizzles out and there's no more young trainers being raised to train those horses, they can turn all that property into a bullet train depot as a short stop from Atlanta to Chicago. Then we can put up gift shops and magazine stores and restaurants for the layover folks!

    Why not dream big!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Sep 4, 2015, at 1:51 PM
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    Sounds Good to me!

    -- Posted by sui on Fri, Sep 4, 2015, at 2:19 PM
  • A local reader asked that we discuss how the slow demise of the horse show is crippling many of the youth fund-raising efforts. I am posting a separate post to address that issue and remove it somewhat from this one event.

    The unpredictable inspection of this industry is hurting a lot more than just the horse owners, trainers, and maybe even the horses themselves.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Sep 6, 2015, at 2:44 PM
  • WHile working at a restaurant in Franklin 10 year or so ago and had a table of judges from the walking horse event for that year, they were shamelessly discussing weather or not they accepted bribes, funny thing was some were laughing and admitting they had.

    With the crack down on the crooked actions and the abusive training methods and drop in the economy , it has obviously suffered. What I wonder is as the economy picks up and the changes become the new normal for the event will the better practices eventually attract a whole new group? Could it return to the numbers it once had each year if run more honorably? Will it be able to be great again with out the crooked judging and horrid abusive training methods? I would like to believe that it will eventually attract a whole new group of showers that want the improvements.

    -- Posted by wonderwhy on Wed, Sep 9, 2015, at 9:18 AM
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